posted on March 1, 2023
aXcess: Vietnamese Ministry in Japan
One of the biggest ethnic groups in Japan are young Vietnamese. There is a huge need for a pastor who can plant Vietnamese churches and train leaders. Come join the vision of bringing the gospel to Japan by establishing Vietnamese churches across the country.
- Provide pastoral care and discipleship for existing groups in Tokyo and Nagoya
- Visit areas populated with Vietnamese and plant new churches in those areas
- Train and raise up leaders who will continue to lead the churches that are planted
- Work with Japanese churches in reaching out to the Vietnamese
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies)
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
- Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
- Preaching and teaching experience within a Vietnamese cultural context
- Fluency in the Vietnamese language
- Leadership and coaching/mentoring skills
- Church planting experience
- Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changes
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.
As the third largest economic country in the world, Japan attracts many Asians who come for work and study. Vietnam has the second largest population of foreign residents in Japan (450,000), of which 300,000 are workers and 65,000 are students. This influx of young Vietnamese—including about 4,500 Vietnamese Christians—to Japan creates a huge need and opportunities for gospel impact in Japan through establishing Vietnamese churches across the country. Along with Vietnamese Christians coming to Japan, many Vietnamese become Christian in Japan and need a place to worship and grow in their faith. The new worker will live in or near Tokyo.
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
Vietnamese will be the primary language of ministry, but a good working knowledge of Japanese will be helpful.
Japan has good health care facilities and well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available.
Expectations for Spouse:
Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.
The spouse is expected to engage in fulfilling ministry objectives based on his/her gifts, training, and his/her family’s needs.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
The Christian Academy in Japan is where most international workers’ children attend school in the Tokyo area. Local Japanese schools are also an option.
The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.
Applicant(s) should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.
Please email the IPO office at [email protected].